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Nevada County therapist helps incarcerated practice mindfulness behind bars

From The Union

By Cory Fisher

 

At first glance, jails and prisons may not seem like the best environment for a mindfulness program. The noise level alone can be unsettling, let alone the windowless, cinder block walls.

But John Eby turned that notion on its head. Instead, he asked, what better place could there be for a mindfulness class?

In 2014, Eby, a psychotherapist who has worked for many years with Nevada County’s incarcerated and mentally ill, introduced an eight-week pilot mindfulness program in the jail at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City. Initially, 14 inmates opted to participate in the course, which was designed to equip students with the tools to alleviate a variety of common conditions, such as depression and anxiety.

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